NBA Power Rankings Reaction

If you’re interested in seeing how your team stacks up after last week’s games, check out CSUF Alum Marc Stein’s NBA Power Rankings.

The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to have a stranglehold on the number one spot, and will continue to even if the Lakers go on a tear due to the head-to-head sweep. If the latter happens and Cleveland falters, then the Lakers have a shot at regaining this incredibly telling award. I mean, that’s how the NBA Championship is determined, right? By who has frequented the NBA Power Rankings’ number one spot the most?

A few surprises from the Power Rankings:

Boston isn’t even in the top 5 anymore. Don’t worry, these guys will be dangerous come playoff time. Cleveland shouldn’t be concerned with getting too fat on regular season wins, because even with homecourt, I give the edge to the currying Celtics if it came down to it in a 7-game scrap.

Utah is now in the top 10. That’s a big thing for Salt Lake City, the one place in the world where you’ll find a giant Matt Harpring cardboard cutout. You won’t even find that in the Harpring household.

To me, the most interesting teams in the league are in the 11-14 spots in this week’s rankings. If you’re too lazy to click the link and want me to read it for you, I’ll oblige:

11. Memphis Grizzlies

12. Toronto Raptors

13. Charlotte Bobcats

14. Oklahoma City Thunder

All of these teams are great stories this year. They also have a few things in common, one of which is that they all started the season off slow. Memphis was not playing well until they jettisoned Allen Iverson; Toronto has turned a new (Maple) leaf recently thanks to some gritty, aggressive defense and a changing of the guard(Jack for Jose), and look for them to have a solid February push; the Bobcats were a one-man show headlined by Gerald Wallace, opening with Gerald Wallace, and ending with Gerald Wallace until management pulled the trigger and imported Golden State-reject Stephen Jackson. Hey-o Captain Jack! Bring me back to the railroad tracks!; Oklahoma has its own legitimate MVP candidate in Kevin Durant, and they are certainly well on their way to stealing the 8th seed in the playoffs.

Lastly, the dubious 3-40 record that the New Jersey Nets egregiously tout. Okay, they don’t advertise it, but they also don’t do a great job of diverting attention from it. These guys are well on their way to being historically bad. Not a good sign for the Mad Russian in charge. He might start taking a finger a loss from Nets players soon. Don’t think Devin Harris is suffering from a wrist injury; he may very well have been the owner’s first victim.

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2 Responses to “NBA Power Rankings Reaction”

  1. chappy81 Says:

    I’m probably the most shocked about Charlotte. I didn’t think for a second they’d sniff the playoffs at the beginning of the year. Kudos to Larry Brown for getting them to play well! http://doin-work.com

  2. chappy81 Says:

    Awesome! We’re always down to swap links! We’ll keep checking back! I added you to our blogroll…

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